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Location Iraq, Babil
Central coordinates 44o 16.53' East  32o 48.48' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 162 ha
Altitude 32 - 34m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Nature Iraq (Affiliate)

Site description Georg and Vielliard (1970) gave a number of counts made between Al Musayyib and Haswa in January 1968. The area, evidently a wetland but not further described, lies north of Al Musayyib, between the Tigris and the Euphrates. 2014 updates. Evans (1994) described this site (IBA018) as a wetland to the north of Musayab based on field survey made by George and Mahdi (1969), but it seems that the marsh described by Evans does not exist now. During the 2009 surveys, the team surveyed the area to the north of Musayab, mainly along the eastern side of the Euphrates River. The original Musayab IBA site appears to be located on the eastern side of Euphrates close to a small island in the middle of the river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1968-1979  3,196-6,021 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1968-1979  13,700-26,500 individuals  poor  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport major
agriculture major
hunting major
fisheries/aquaculture major

Other biodiversity No information available to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Information compiled by D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.

References Georg and Vielliard (1970). 2014 updates. Evans M.I. (1994). Important Bird Areas in the Middle East. Birdlife International, Cambridge, UK. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 2. George PV & Mahdi A. (1969). Systematic list of Iraqi vertebrates - Aves. Iraq Natural History Museum Publication 26: 34–63.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Musayab . Downloaded from on 01/11/2014

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